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Old 11-21-04, 01:49 PM
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any experience with this lite-on dvd burner?

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-961&depa=0

its the model SOHW-1633S..only $68 at newegg. is there another model is this price range that is any better?
Old 11-21-04, 01:57 PM
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I've been real impressed by the NECs. The tests that I do on burns are so much better I stopped using my Lite-On for burning and use the NEC now. However my Lite-On was an older model.

The 3500 is an equivalent model to the Lite-On.
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...tby=14&order=1

I like the Pioneers a lot too.
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...tby=14&order=1

Though if you need the software the Lite-On looks like it comes with far superior software to what the others do.
Old 11-21-04, 06:36 PM
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I dont really need the software, so I might just take yer adivce and to with the the NEC. the only reason i was looking at Lite-on is that I have their cd burner and havent had any trouble with it.
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while I wont discredit NEC hardware, the Liteon drives have been known to be excellent products, work well, and have tons of support and are known to be favored by the hardware geeks around the net, releasing custom firmware to keep the drive up to date. This is fun and convenient, if you want to get free features and upgrades.
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I too felt that way about the Lite-Ons but it seems their time has passed.
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Go with the Nec.

http://www.anandtech.com/storage/sho...spx?i=2260&p=1
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I did go with the NEC from newegg X. now which dvds work best these days? ritek?

and just to confirm, most people go with -R correct?
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For the best compatibility with standalone players +R written with bitsetting (to make it look like a commercial DVD-ROM) is best. For data purposes either format is fine.

Ritek +R works very well with the NEC, as does most media. I've been reading some comments that the media brand acknowledged as being the best available, Taiyo Yuden, is not working as well as Ritek media.

I don't have your model so you might want to do some checking about which brand/speed disc is the best here:

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters....&Search=Search

And notice that the manufacturer of the media is more important than the brand name.
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Thanks..i bought the same model you recommended above!
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Originally posted by namrufmot
Thanks..i bought the same model you recommended above!
I have an opportunity to get rid of my 2500/2510 so I might get a 3500 myself as soon as I can find as good firmware as my NEC has now. As well as the RPC1 patch I want the bitsetting to stay on for all burns. That seems to require the hacked MadDog version of the firmware which is a rev behind the hacked NEC version. I have a little more research to do.
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but considering eveything +R are preferrable?
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With bitsetting (being able to set the book type to DVD-ROM) the DVD+R are more compatible with standalone players than -R. Without bitsetting -R is slightly more compatible than +R.

For data I don't think it matters. I usually get +R because I generally find better deals on better media in that version.
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Good lord you just messed me up X!

If you had an NEC 3500, which would you buy to play in most standalone dvds players?

I always take your advice..you helped me build my own pc, so ill trust you on this one again
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I'm not sure what I messed you up on. Confused you maybe?

I'd get some +R and try it out. You might try burning at 4x first, then 6x and 8x to see if those speeds work ok in your player.

In the meantime I'm going to be looking for a bitsetting utility.
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the new version of nero provides for bitsetting through software. Nice new feature they just released, I think its version 6.6 or something to that effect.
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Next question....how do I install a dvd burner?

Is it the same as a cd burner?
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Originally posted by namrufmot
Next question....how do I install a dvd burner?

Is it the same as a cd burner?
Yes.
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Good lord...I just did some poking around on the dvd/cd burning forums on the net. There is so much crap out there!

It seems that many places have custom firmware with the bitsetting "hack" built in so it will burn all +R's as DVD-ROMs.

What exactly is involved in changing the firmware?
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I think I found the one you would want but I need to do a little more looking.

All that's usually needed it running a program under Windows... and a little luck. This can trash your burner if it goes wrong.
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Thanks X...Ill keep poking around too and report any findings
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Here is what one person on the net did:

I have flashed mine to 218_liggy_ritek_SE firmware, and set the bitsetting to DVD-ROM using NECWINFLASH. Im burning using NERO 6.6.0.1, and new +RW and +R are coming out set as DVD-ROM.
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I'll have to look into that one. The one I have my eye on now is this:
An anonymous friend, sent us the today's v2.C8 SE TDK 1616n released firmware with the NEC ND-3500AG ID changed, which contains all the following "improvements":

a) Support for TraxData (Ritek D01) and Ricoh DVD+R DL at 4X (official firmware supports only 2.4X, not yet tested!)
b) RPC1 (Region Free)

The firmware will Auto Booktype settings to DVD-ROM for DVD+R & DVD+R DL respectively (feature embedded)

http://www.cdrinfo.com/forum/tm.asp?m=82999
I like the method of having the booktype always on, no reason not to as far as I can imagine.

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